Paolo Contis’ ‘as a friend’ statement inspires memes


Not long after Paolo Contis defended Yen Santos against third party allegations, the phrase “as a friend” trended and inspired memes via social media. 

Paolo earlier broke his silence over his controversial split with ex-partner LJ Reyes in hopes of putting a stop to several people, including Yen, from getting dragged into the issue. 

Yen was Paolo’s leading lady in the romance film A Faraway Land which premiered on Netflix last August 19. 

Among the issues Paolo made clear in his lengthy statement on Instagram was that Yen was the mystery girl who was with him in a viral video where she was seen holding on to him and in photos that showed them dining together in Baguio City. 

“When LJ left for the States with the kids, I went to Baguio for 3 days dahil ayaw ko sa Manila at gusto kong makapag isip isip,” shared Paolo. 

The 37-year-old, however, denied Yen was the cause of his breakup with LJ, saying that he only invited her for a day to have someone to talk to about matters of the heart.

“Naging insensitive ako about the possible effects nung issue and I invited Yen for a day para may makausap since malapit lang siya sa North din. She went there as a friend,” Paolo said. 

Netizens, however, grew dubious and poked fun at Paolo’s “as a friend” remark which has since generated memes.

The phrase has been used by netizens to invite someone to dine or go on a trip somewhere.

Opss. Pwede naman mag-bonding basta, as a friend. 😉 Share your moments here at Robinsons Luisita in the comments section! 🤪#RobinsonsLuisita #TaraSamahanMoAkoChallenge

Posted by Robinsons Luisita on Friday, 10 September 2021

tara baguio tayo as a friend. 😂#comflirt

Posted by Hailey Lim on Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Some brands and establishments even launched promos for those who will bring with them a friend and visit their place. 

𝐓𝐎𝐃𝐀𝐘 𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐘‼️ Buy 1 Take 1 Promo ✨ Date at TDM as friends? Why not! 😉✅Unlimited Rebooking✅Valid until October 2022 🍭 🍭

Posted by The Dessert Museum on Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Arat? Kape lang as a friend. G ka ba? 🤫#VictoriaCourt

Posted by Victoria Court on Thursday, 9 September 2021

Mga Maritesss!!! May Promo!!!! 😆😆😆 Paolo, Paulo, Pawlo ka ba? Inaaway ka nila. Lika libre ka namin! HAHAHA!…

Posted by AR Café on Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Lapu-Lapu City Junard “Ahong” Chan and Alegria – Cebu Tourism Office also wittily captioned their respective Facebook posts to call on tourists. 

Baka need mo din mag isip-isip, VISIT ALEGRIA NOW!For Tourism concerns just send us a private message.#BeautifulAlegria

Posted by Alegria – Cebu Tourism Office on Thursday, 9 September 2021

And here’s another one, in case you’ve missed the new definition of Baguio.

Friends lang naman kasi. Huwag kayong ano. Submit your entries:

Posted by HugotSnap. on Wednesday, 8 September 2021

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